Stanford Takes Game One From Long Beach State
June 6, 2003
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Danny Putnam hit a three-run homer and John Hudginsthrew a seven-hitter as Stanford beat Long Beach State 5-1 in the first game ofa best-of-three series on Friday night at the Stanford Super Regional.
Hudgins (11-3), a third-round choice of the Texas Rangers, struck out sixand walked two in completing his seventh game of the year.
Stanford (45-15) has won eight in a row and 17 of its last 18.
Putnam's home run, his 14th of the season, came against Neil Jamison in theeighth and broke open a pitcher's duel.
Alvarez (11-2), drafted in the second round by the Boston Red Sox earlierin the week, was nearly as effective. He struck out five and walked two in seveninnings as the 49ers (41-19) had a four-game winning streak stopped.
Long Beach State, which couldn't advance a runner past second through thefirst five innings, broke through in the sixth. Todd Jennings, a second rounddraft choice of the San Francisco Giants, singled to open the inning, extendinghis hitting streak to 27 games, which tied a school record. Tim Hutting buntedhim to second. With two outs, Jennings stole third.
Freshman Troy Tulowitzki then worked the count full, remaining alive whenCardinal first baseman Brian Hall apparently lost a foul ball in the lights.Tulowitzki drilled a double into the left field corner to drive in Jennings.
The Cardinal took the lead in the sixth. Sam Fuld coaxed a leadoff walk butwas forced at second by Hall. Carlos Quentin, the Arizona Diamondbacks'first-round pick, followed with a single and Ryan Garko, the Cleveland Indians'third-round choice, hit an RBI single.
Donny Lucy's ground ball went under Tulowitzki's glove for an error,allowing Quentin to score.
Stanford had a chance to score in the fifth when Lucy and Danny Putnam eachsingled to open the inning. Alvarez induced ground balls from the next twobatters, with 49er first baseman Mike Hofius throwing out Lucy at the plate onone play. Tobin Swope flew out to end the threat.
The series winner advances to the College World Series in Omaha beginningJune 13. Stanford is seeking its fifth straight trip while the 49ers are lookingfor their first trip since 1998.
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